SAAM Towage and Caterpillar Marine Sign Global Services Agreement

Caterpillar to provide expanded services to support SAAM Towage

Houston, Texas – SAAM Towage and Caterpillar Marine have signed a long-term Global Services Agreement designed to support the company’s fleet with increased uptime and efficiency through planned and preventative maintenance, supported by Caterpillar Marine digital solutions. As the largest tug operator in the Americas, SAAM provides port terminal, towage, and logistics services for international operations in 14 countries throughout North, Central, and South America. 

This agreement includes coverage for more than 200 Cat® engines and will be supported by a focused team of Caterpillar experts working with the global Cat dealer network to provide technical support and fleet management services. By working with Caterpillar, SAAM Towage will receive support of their ESG efforts, promoting sustainable operations for their fleet.

“At SAAM Towage we are very pleased to collaborate with Caterpillar to streamline maintenance processes and strengthen operational support with this Agreement. Through cooperation such as this with Caterpillar Marine, we continue to focus on providing safe and efficient service while making strides toward our long-term vision for innovation and digital transformation,” remarked SAAM Technical Manager Pablo Cáceres.

“We’ve been collaborating with SAAM Towage for many years, and the new service agreement enables SAAM to focus on their daily business while Caterpillar manages services for Cat engines in SAAM Towage’s fleet.  It supports SAAM’s vision for sustainability, growth, and performance,” says Steven Tibbetts, Global Services Manager for Caterpillar Marine.

Caterpillar is the largest business partner in power solutions to SAAM Towage and with the new long-term services agreement, SAAM Towage will receive additional coverage, support, and benefit from improved operations through fleet management services and the use of new technologies.

“By leveraging Caterpillar's expertise in Cat marine engines and Cat digital capabilities, we can deliver greater insights that strengthen operational and administrative performance to create value. Utilizing our local capabilities through our unmatched global dealer network will enable us to provide efficient, reliable, and tailored services to help customers meet their operational needs,” comments, Derrick York, Caterpillar Marine Managing Director.

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About Caterpillar Marine:

Caterpillar Marine, with headquarters in Houston, Texas, groups all the marketing and service activities for Cat® and MaK marine diesel, dual fuel, and gas power systems within Caterpillar Inc. The organization provides premier power solutions in the medium and high-speed segments with outputs from 93 to 16,800 kW in main propulsion and 10 to 16,100 ekW in marine generator sets. The sales and service network includes more than 2,100 dealer locations worldwide dedicated to support customers in ocean-going, commercial marine and pleasure craft wherever they are.

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